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USA. Methadone Barriers Persist, Despite Decades Of Evidence

Methadone, one of three medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat opioid use disorder (OUD), is effective in reducing illicit opioid use and mortality.   Despite extensive evidence of its effectiveness, methadone remains one of the most heavily regulated drugs in the United States. At a time when additional methadone treatment capacity is desperately needed, federal, state, and local governments have imposed significant restrictions on how and where patients can receive the medication. (ATForum, USA, 26.09.2019)